Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Lords of Midnight: 8 bit remake returns

I have some good news regarding my old remake of The Lords of Midnight on Android.

First a reminder of the context. You may recall that Chris Wild and Mike Singleton worked together on an update of the Midnight saga with a planned release on iPhone and iPad. That was before we all learned the sad news that Mike had passed away last year.

After that, Chris finished off the game - albeit at an understandably reduced scope - and he released it on iOS and then later on other platforms.

This new game is available at http://thelordsofmidnight.com, and is a much more ambitious update than my 8-bit-style nostalgic remake. You really ought to check it out :-)

Before this all happened, I had created an unofficial remake of LOM on the Game Boy Advance and then later ported it to Android. It was pretty naïve of me, and Mike asked me nicely to remove these as they were using his copyrighted stuff, and would cause confusion for the upcoming official versions. This I did, and these ports have remained unavailable since.

Then a couple of weeks ago Chris got in touch with me. In a rather generous move, Mike's sons have given me permission to re-release the Android port. They feel it is important for as many people as possible to play the games their dad made. Because of this, "The Lords of Midnight: 8 bit" - as it is now known - is available now on the Google Play store!

If you had installed the previous incarnation you may have noticed an update. Apart from the usual Android build system updates and associated yak-shaving, the name has been changed to reflect this new deal. I also fixed some graphical hiccups that were more obvious on my 7" tablet test device, as well as adding the obligatory higher resolution icons. The other noticeable change is that there is now an extra splash screen that says that this port is released under licence (from the Singleton family) with the address of the official website at www.thelordsofmidnight.com.

I ought to state that this does not indicate a free for all on Mike Singleton's games. The copyright and trademarks are still the property of the Singleton estate. While I have been granted permission for the release of this one port, it is under licence with the understanding that the game remains free and that I "do no evil", so to speak.

What a nice and unexpected early Christmas present, eh folks?


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